to free or deliver from confinement, danger, or difficulty: The police were able to rescue the hostages in time.She rescued me from an awkward conversation.
Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.
the act of rescuing.
the act of rescuing animals from danger, abuse, or neglect, as the adoption of stray and abandoned animals from an animal shelter, or the protection of wild animals in an animal sanctuary: Animal rescue requires cooperation between animal control agencies and shelters.
a group or organization that participates in such animal welfare activities: your local rescue;breed-specific rescues.
a domestic animal adopted from an animal shelter or other animal welfare group: Our new puppy is a rescue!
of or relating to someone or something trained or equipped to rescue: The county's three certified rescue dogs and their handlers searched for earthquake survivors in the rubble.
of or relating to a domestic animal adopted or available for adoption from an animal shelter or other animal welfare group: rescue puppies and kittens looking for loving families.
- res·cu·a·ble, adjective
- res·cue·less, adjective
- res·cu·er, noun
- non·res·cue, noun
- quasi-rescued, adjective
- un·res·cu·a·ble, adjective
- un·res·cued, adjective
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How to use rescue in a sentence
People are angels, they understood my pain and came in and rescued me.A restaurant that fed the homeless said it might have to close. Donations poured in. | Paulina Firozi | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Dani and Zafir are clearly made for each other, a fact they stubbornly resist even after he dramatically rescues her in photos that go viral.
Maybe we’ll finally have a robot that easily rescues the phone sadly dropped into a composting toilet.
They rescued an old velour curtain from storage and stapled it to the ceiling, creating an almost-soundproof nook.Sharing a home office with your partner? Here’s how to keep the peace. | Amanda Long | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
The first was a “triage” that rescued Spears from the events of 2007 and 2008.Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive | Constance Grady | November 11, 2020 | Vox
After Garrett was lifted from the surf on a ski, his rescuer also was recovered safely.Surfer Garrett McNamara May Have Conquered His 100-Foot Wave | Andy Jacobsohn | January 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He found his measure of peace in becoming a rescuer and a baby saver with the FDNY.
The tower was minutes from collapsing when he uttered the final words of somebody who was a rescuer to the very end.
Is this really the man to make the case to middle America that he is their rescuer?Why Mitt Romney Will Prove To Be a Feeble Presidential Nominee | Michael Tomasky | January 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“One of my sons will bring the chadri back to you soon,” Malika said, embracing her friend and rescuer.
The hero is again a rescuer, but this time he rescues the princess from death at the jaws of a monster, generally a dragon.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The princess makes a mark on his forehead as he sleeps, and thus identifies the hero as her rescuer.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
Soon words floated up to me from the mouth of the leading rescuer.
She clung to Leonard now just as she had clung to her rescuer then.Four Days | Hetty Hemenway
Five minutes later the rescuer reached the foot of the shaft.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for rescue
to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save
to free (a person) from legal custody by force
law to seize (goods or property) by force
the act or an instance of rescuing
(as modifier): a rescue party
the forcible removal of a person from legal custody
law the forcible seizure of goods or property
- rescuable, adjective
- rescuer, noun
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